The Mother to Son Program (MTSP) is a unique model that offers single mothers and female guardians and their African American sons ages 8-15 and their siblings social support, education, self-care concepts, recreational and leisure activities, a platform to share ideas, training/workshops, a safe environment, coaching and mentoring.

Our goal is to improve the quality of life for single mothers and their son(s) ages 8 to 15. MTSP provides a range of services, events and activities to help the entire family attain the self-care, sufficiency, social exposure and educational information needed through the discovery and utilization of strength based approaches in support of their efforts of being successful.

The Mother to Son Program seeks to address the approximately 11.8% of households in Allegheny County that are headed by single-mothers. Approximately 71% of African American children in Allegheny County are born into a single parent household. The data is not clear on the number of African-American boys born into single households in Allegheny County. Single mothers raising their sons can be overwhelmed, isolated and struggling to balance their role as a parent. A single mother is the primary caregiver, nurturer, income provider and decision maker in meeting the personal needs of their children. There is compelling data over the years that inform us that young males need role models, experiences and resources to help them make positive transitions as they grow and mature.



Every other week, we bring together Mothers and their Sons to share a meal and participate in individualized group activities and sessions.

For Sons, these activities and sessions focus on :

  • Health & Wellness
  • Service Learning
  • Educational Supports
  • Sports & Recereation
  • Character Development
  • Worskshops & Trainings
  • 8 R’s of Malehood Training and Character Development (Reading, Righteousness, Respect, Responsibility, Restraint, Reciprocity Rhythm, and Redemption) 

For Mothers, these activities and sessions focus on:

  • Goals & intentions
  • Health & Wellbeing
  • Giving Back
  • Becoming Financially Fit
  • Effective Parenting
  • Housing & Stability
  • Education
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Self-Empowerment
  • Self - Care

We provide quality childcare onsite for children, ages 3 to 8, and the children are engaged in storytelling, arts and crafts and team building exercises. Girls, ages 9 and up, participate in workshops designed for positive character development.

Small Seeds has been a great help to me and my family. The engagement provided us with great services and caring people. A mentor/coach has been a positive influence and he spent time getting to know him, took him to several educational and social events which was an eye opening experience for my son. My son was heading in the wrong direction because of marijuana use and isolation. The assistance of Small Seeds staff helped my son to reconnect with his birth father who he hasn’t heard from in over 8 years. My son is now making better decisions and is more responsible.   
- Mother to Son Program Participant


Site Times and Locations

Hill District
Begins Monday, March 13, 2017
Allegheny County Funded
Center for Family Excellence
409 Dinwiddie Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Mothers and sons meet every other Monday of the month

Mon Valley
Begins Tuesday, March 14, 2017
Allegheny County Funded
Monview Heights
BLDG 1A Midway Drive
West Mifflin, PA 15122
Mothers and sons meet every other Tuesday of the month

Begins Wednesday, March 1, 2017
Allegheny County Funded
Hosanna House
807 Wallace Avenue
Wilkinsburg, PA 15221
Mothers and sons meet every other Wednesday of the month

East End
Begins Thursday, March 2, 2017
Allegheny County Funded
St. James A.M.E. Church
444 Lincoln Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15206
Mothers and sons meet every other Thursday of the month

Begins Wednesday, March 8, 2017
Funded by Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania
Community Economic Development Corporation of Clairton (CEDCC) Building
282 Saint Clair Avenue
Clairton, PA 15025
Mothers and sons meet every other Wednesday of the month

Begins Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Foundation Funded
Living World Congregational Church
2003 Ridge Road
Jeannette, PA 15644
Mothers and sons meet every other Tuesday of the month

Services Provided

Direct Services

  • Group Workshops and Trainings
  • Home,School, and Community Visits
  • Mentor/Mentee Group Sessions
  • Financial Literacy & Parent Education
  • Basic Family Conferencing & Teaming
  • MOM TALK Live Sessions
  • SSDI “Single Mothers Conference Series”
  • Civic Engagement
  • Community Service
  • Transportation (as needed)
  • Childcare


  • Referrals to and from other providers
  • Family Fun Nights
  • Parent Advisory Committee
  • College Tours
  • Fields Trips/ Tickets for Kids
  • Recreation & Exercise
  • Youth Summer Camp
  • Saturday Success Academy
  • Treasure House Fashions

Please take a look at the 2016-2017 Mother to Son calendar here.


Program Eligibility

  • You are a single mother, looking for a program that requires active participation of both mothers and their sons
  • You have African-American sons between the ages of 8 and 15
  • You reside in Allegheny or Westmoreland Counties
  • You are looking for mentoring for your son(s) and emotional and educational support for yourself.